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[image]F-18 HARV research pilot Dana Purifoy - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Dana D. Purifoy is an aerospace research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. He joined NASA in August 1994. Purifoy is a former Air Force test pilot who served as a project pilot in the joint NASA/Air Force X-29 Forward Swept Wing research program conducted at Dryden from 1984 to 1991. His most recent assignment in the Air Force was flying U-2 aircraft as a test pilot at Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, CA...
Downloads: 14
[image]F-16XL ship #1 - CAWAP boundary layer rakes and hot film on left wing - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows the boundary layer hot film and the boundary layer rakes on the left wing of NASA's single-seat F-16XL (ship #1) used for the Cranked-Arrow Wing Aerodynamic Project (CAWAP) at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The modified airplane features a delta "cranked-arrow" wing with strips of tubing along the leading edge to the trailing edge to sense static on the wing and obtain pressure distribution data...
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[image]MD-11 PCA - First Landing at Edwards - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This McDonnell Douglas MD-11 transport aircraft approaches its first landing under engine power only on Aug. 29, 1995, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The milestone flight, flown by NASA research pilot and former astronaut Gordon Fullerton, was part of a NASA project to develop a computer-assisted engine control system that enables a pilot to land a plane safely when its normal control surfaces are disabled...
Keywords: Where -- Douglas; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 4
[image]X-38 Ship #2 Mated to B-52 Mothership in Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
the Boeing Company, the NASA B-52 is powered by eight Pratt & Whitney J57-19 turbojet engines, each of which produce 12,000 pounds of thrust. The aircraft's normal launch speed has been Mach 0.8 (about 530 miles per hour) and its normal drop altitude has been 40,000 to 45,000 feet. It is 156 feet long and has a wing span of 185 feet. The heaviest load it has carried was the No. 2 X-15 aircraft at 53,100 pounds...
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[image]Wooden shell of M2-F1 being assembled at El Mirage - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Wooden shell of the M2-F1 being assembled at El Mirage, CA. While Flight Research Center technicians built the internal steel structure of the M2-F1, sailplane builder Gus Briegleb built the vehicle's outer wooden shell. Its skin was 3/32-inch mahogany plywood, with 1/8-inch mahogany rib sections reinforced with spruce. The wingless, lifting body aircraft design was initially conceived as a means of landing an aircraft horizontally after atmospheric reentry...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Downloads: 19
[image]D-558-1 on ramp with ground crew and NACA pilot Bob Champine - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NACA test pilot Robert Champine is seen in the cockpit of the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak with the ground crew. Robert A. Champine was a research pilot with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from December 1947 to 1979, when he retired as Langley Research Center's senior research pilot. He began his career with the NACA at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia (as Langley Research Center wa...
Keywords: Who -- Robert A. Champine; Where -- Douglas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- California
Downloads: 24
[image]STS-66 Atlantis 747 SCA Ferry Flight Morning Takeoff for Delivery to Kennedy Space Center, Florida - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Systems Division, Downey, California. Rockwell's Rocketdyne Division (now part of Boeing) builds the three main engines, and Thiokol, Brigham City, Utah, makes the solid rocket booster motors. Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), New Orleans, Louisiana, makes the external tanks. Each orbiter (Space Shuttle) is 121 feet long, has a wingspan of 78 feet, and a height of 57 feet. The Space Shuttle is approximately the size of a DC-9 commercial airliner and can carry a payload of 65,000...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; What -- Atlantis; What -- STS-66; What -- Atlas 3; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- California; Where -- Utah; Where -- Louisiana; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 18
[image]XLR-11 Engine Close-up in X-24A - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows a close-up view of the XLR-11 rocket engine mounted in the X-24A lifting body research vehicle. The X-24A would be air-launched from a B-52 mothership, and then its pilot would light the XLR-11 rocket engine for the powered portion of the research flight. The X-24A would then glide back to a landing on a lakebed near the NASA Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-24 was one of a group of lifting bodies flown by the NASA Flight Research Center (now Dryden Flight Rese...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Maryland; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 14
[image]Paresev 1 in Flight on Tow - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Pilot with Paresev 1 (Paraglider Research Vehicle) on tow in 1962. A normal flight was a takeoff on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base and a circling flight path skirting the lake edges to insure a landing on the lakebed in the event of a towline failure. Release altitude was normally 10,000 to 13,000 feet. Data was obtained on the glide part of the flight.
Keywords: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Downloads: 9
[image]Tu-144LL SST Flying Laboratory Side View of Nose, with a TU-144D on Ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
nose boom pressures, angle of attack, and sideslip angles with increased accuracy. Two NASA pilots, Robert Rivers of Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, and Gordon Fullerton from Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, assessed the aircraft's handling at subsonic and supersonic speeds during three flight tests in September 1998. The program concluded after four more data-collection flights in the spring of 1999...
Keywords: What -- SST
Downloads: 13
[image]NACA/NASA test pilot Stanley P. Butchart - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Stanley P. Butchart joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' High-Speed Flight Research Station on May 10, 1951. Stan was the fourth research pilot hired at the Station affording him the opportunity to fly the early research aircraft. Stan began a flying career while attending Junior College. He received primary and secondary civilian pilot training, enlisting in the U.S. Navy in July 1942...
Keywords: Who -- Stanley P. Butchart; What -- Opportunity; Where -- Texas; Where -- Washington; Where -- Douglas
Downloads: 16
[image]X-38 Being Prepared for Shipment - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Technicians prepare the X-38 lifting body research vehicle, seen here wrapped in a protective material, for shipping in May 2000. The X-38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) research project is designed to develop the technology for a prototype emergency crew return vehicle, or lifeboat, for the International Space Station. The project is also intended to develop a crew return vehicle design that could be modified for other uses, such as a joint U.S...
Keywords: What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 10
[image]SR-71 Taking Off - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
aircraft. Dave Lux was the NASA SR-71 project manger for much of the decade of the 1990s, followed by Steve Schmidt. Developed for the USAF as reconnaissance aircraft more than 30 years ago, SR-71s are still the world's fastest and highest-flying production aircraft. The aircraft can fly at speeds of more than 2,200 miles per hour (Mach 3+, or more than three times the speed of sound) and at altitudes of over 85,000 feet...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Downloads: 28
[image]Tier 3- DarkStar engine run on ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Lockheed Martin/Boeing Tier III- (minus) unpiloted aerial vehicle undergoing an engine run on the ramp at, following its arrival at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The Tier III Minus project used Dryden ground facilities during the flight test program. The vehicle was developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Boeing Defense and Space Group to satisfy a goal of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office to supply responsive and sustained data from anywhere within en...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 10
[image]NASA's B377SGT Super Guppy Turbine cargo aircraft touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA's B377SGT Super Guppy Turbine cargo aircraft touches down at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on June 11, 2000 to deliver the latest version of the X-38 flight test vehicle to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The B-377SGT Super Guppy Turbine evolved from the 1960s-vintage Pregnant Guppy, Mini Guppy and Super Guppy, used for transporting sections of the Saturn rocket used for the Apollo program moon launches and other outsized cargo...
Keywords: What -- Saturn; What -- Moon; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Ohio; Where -- France; Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 22
[image]Complete NACA Muroc Staff of 1954, in front of new NACA building (4800) - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The employees of the NACA High-Speed Flight Station are gathered for a 1954 photo shoot on the front steps of building 4800, the new NACA Facility at Main Base of Edwards Air Force Base, California. This new building was considerably larger than the earlier NACA buildings on South Base, but then the staff had increased and the extra space was needed. From 1950 when an earlier group picture was taken (E-33717) until 1954 the staff at NACA increased from 132 to 250...
Keywords: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Downloads: 13
[image]F-14 #991 in flight with US Navy F-14 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows NASA's F-14 (NASA tail number 991; Navy serial number 157991) flying over Rogers Dry Lake, accompanied by a Navy F-14. NASA 991 was the research aircraft in a joint NASA/Navy program between 1979 and 1985. This looked at ways of improving the F-14's handling at high angles of attack, increasing spin resistance, reducing "wing rocking" (i.e. tilting from side to side), and improving aircraft recovery when it departed from controlled flight (e.g., entered a spin)...
Keywords: Where -- United Kingdom
Downloads: 55
[image]X-15 mock-up with test pilot Milt Thompson - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA research pilot Milt Thompson is seen here with the mock-up of X-15 #3 that was later installed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Milton 0. Thompson was a research pilot, Chief Engineer and Director of Research Projects during a long career at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Thompson was hired as an engineer at the flight research facility on 19 March 1956, when it was still under the auspices of NACA...
Keywords: What -- Mercury; What -- Gemini; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Washington; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Ohio
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[image]F-15B ACTIVE in flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The F-15 Short Take Off and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator (STOL/MTD), arrived June 15, 1993 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The aircraft, using a multi-axis thrust-vectoring system, is being used as a testbed for a number of advanced research projects replacing Dryden's F-15 Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control (HIDEC) research aircraft. Dryden is using the STOL/MTD initially in the Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles (ACTIVE) prog...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 11
[image]X-15 #1 rollout on ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This photo shows the X-15-1 (56-6670) rocket powered research aircraft as it was rolled out in 1958. At this time, the XLR-99 rocket engine was not ready, so to make the low-speed flights (below Mach 3), the X-15 team fitted a pair of XLR-11 engines into the modified rear fuselage. These were basically the same engines used in the X-1 aircraft. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 ft long with a wingspan of 22 ft...
Keywords: What -- Mercury; What -- Gemini; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Washington; Where -- United States of America; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 35
[image]X-29 Ships #1 and #2 on Lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
models had predicted . During 120 research flights in this phase, NASA, Air Force, and Grumman project pilots reported the X-29 aircraft had excellent control response to an angle of attack of 45 degrees and still had limited controllability at a 67-degree angle of attack. This controllability at high angles of attack can be attributed to the aircraft's unique forward-swept wing- canard design. The NASA/Air Force-designed high-gain flight control laws also contributed to the good flying qualitie...
Keywords: What -- GE 4; What -- Moon; What -- WIRE; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Ohio; Where -- California
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[image]Mike Yettaw and Donavon Hoover providing air-to-ground communications to the Johnson Space Center - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Mike Yettaw and Donavon Hoover providing air-to-ground communications to the Johnson Space Center during STS-92. STS-92 was the 100th mission since the fleet of four Space Shuttles began flying in 1981. (Due to schedule changes, missions are not always launched in the order that was originally planned.) The almost 13-day mission, the 46th Shuttle mission to land at Edwards, was the last construction mission for the International Space Station prior to the first scientists taking up residency in ...
Keywords: Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Downloads: 7
[image]X-38 Arrival at NASA Dryden on June 4, 1997 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
expected to be 30 feet long. The X-38 project is a joint effort between the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (JSC), Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia (LaRC) and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California (DFRC) with the program office located at JSC. A contract was awarded to Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, California, for construction of the X-38 test airframes. The first vehicle was delivered to the JSC in September 1996...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 13
[image]The X-40 sub-scale technology demonstrator is suspended under a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook cargo helico - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The X-40 sub-scale technology demonstrator is suspended under a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter during a captive-carry test flight at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The captive carry flights are designed to verify the X-40's navigation and control systems, rigging angles for its sling, and stability and control of the helicopter while carrying the X-40 on a tether...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 12
[image]F5D-1 on ramp with flight technicians - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The big block letters "TEST" on the upper fuselage of this Douglas F5D-1 Skylancer (Bu. No. 139208/NASA tail number 212) denoted the craft as a test plane which was one of the fleet stabled at NASA Flight Research Center from 1961 to 1963 (redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center in 1976). The calibration hangar, with the door partially open, is shown in the background while nearby the flight technicians are preparing the airplane for another research flight...
Keywords: Where -- Douglas; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC); Where -- California
Downloads: 10
[image]Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) in flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
An inflight view from the left side of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, is shown in this 1964 NASA Flight Research Center photograph. The photograph was taken in front of the old NACA hangar located at the South Base, Edwards Air Force Base. When Apollo planning was underway in 1960, NASA was looking for a simulator to profile the descent to the moon's surface. Three concepts surfaced: an electronic simulator, a tethered device, and the ambitious Dryden contribution, a free-flying vehicle...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Moon; Where -- NASA Headquarters; Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Downloads: 16
[image]Crew of STS-98, L to R: Mission Specialists Robert L. Curbeam, Thomas D. Jones, and Marsha S. Ivins - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The crew of STS-98 poses for a group photo shortly before leaving NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center after a successful landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis the day before. L to R: Mission Specialists Robert L. Curbeam, Thomas D. Jones, and Marsha S. Ivins, Commander Kenneth D. Cockrell, and Pilot Mark L. Polansky. Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at 12:33 p.m. February 20, 2001, on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, where NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is located...
Keywords: Who -- Thomas D. Jones; What -- STS-98; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Atlantis; What -- Earth; What -- Destiny; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Florida
Downloads: 16
[image]Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) 100th flight group photo - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) 100th flight group photo
Downloads: 8
[image]X-29 on Lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
This front-view photo of the X-29 technology demonstrator aircraft shows the X-29 lit by early morning light on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California. Two X-29 aircraft, featuring one of the most unusual designs in aviation history, flew at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California) from 1984 to 1992...
Keywords: What -- WIRE; What -- GE 4; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 10
[image]Pegasus Mated under Wing of B-52 Mothership - Close-up - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A close-up view of the Pegasus space-booster attached to the wing pylon of NASA's B-52 launch aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The Pegasus rocket booster was designed as a way to get small payloads into space orbit more easily and cost-effectively. It has also been used to gather data on hypersonic flight. Pegasus is an air-launched space booster produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation and Hercules Aerospace Company (initially; later, Alliant Tech Systems) ...
Keywords: What -- Pegasus; What -- Hercules; What -- USERS; What -- Earth; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Ames Research Center (ARC); Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); Where -- Maryland; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 8
[image]M2-F1 and M2-F2 lifting bodies on ramp - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
After the M2-F1 (on the viewer's left) proved the lifting-body concept, NASA and the Air Force began work on a series of heavyweight, rocket-powered lifting bodies able to reach supersonic speeds and altitudes up to 90,000 feet. The M2-F2 (on the right) was the first of these heavyweights. Although the two lifting bodies had similar shapes, there were differences. These included the "elephant ears" on the M2-F1, the change in cockpit location between the two vehicles, and the retractable landing...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Earth; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 31
[image]Strain gage instrumentation installed on the interior of the AFTI/F-16 wing - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Strain gage instrumentation installed on the interior of the AFTI/F-16 wing
Downloads: 15
[image]X-1E on Display Stand at Dryden - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Bell Aircraft Corporation X-1E is shown in this artistic night photo taken in February 1996. This aircraft is displayed on a pedestal in front of the main building (4800) at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. There were four versions of the Bell X-1 rocket-powered research aircraft that flew at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station, Edwards, California. The bullet-shaped X-1 aircraft were built by Bell Aircraft Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 11
[image]Pathfinder - flight preparation on lakebed at sunrise - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Crew members prepare the Pathfinder solar-powered aircraft for a research flight on Rogers Dry Lake at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Pathfinder was a lightweight, solar-powered, remotely piloted flying wing aircraft used to demonstrate the use of solar power for long-duration, high-altitude flight. Its name denotes its mission as the "Pathfinder" or first in a series of solar-powered aircraft that will be able to remain airborne for weeks or months on scientific samp...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Hawaii
Downloads: 5
[image]HL-10 on lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The HL-10 Lifting Body is seen here parked on Rogers Dry Lake, the unique location where it landed after research flights. This 1968 photo shows the vehicle after the fins were modified to remove instabilities encountered on the first flight. It involved a change to the shape of the leading edge of the fins to eliminate flow separation. It required extensive wind-tunnel testing at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 14
[image]STS-68 747 SCA Ferry Flight Takeoff for Delivery to Kennedy Space Center, Florida - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
rocket booster motors. Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin), New Orleans, Louisiana, makes the external tanks. Each orbiter (Space Shuttle) is 121 feet long, has a wingspan of 78 feet, and a height of 57 feet. The Space Shuttle is approximately the size of a DC-9 commercial airliner and can carry a payload of 65,000 pounds into orbit. The payload bay is 60 feet long and 15 feet in diameter...
Keywords: What -- STS-6; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida
Downloads: 17
[image]X-31 at High Angle of Attack - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
conducted by an international test organization (ITO) managed by the Advanced Research Projects Office (ARPA), known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Office (DARPA) before March 1993. The ITO included the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, Rockwell Aerospace, the Federal Republic of Germany, Daimler-Benz (formerly Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm and Deutsche Aerospace), and NASA. Gary Trippensee was the ITO director and NASA Project Manager...
Keywords: What -- GE 4; What -- AGILE; Where -- Germany; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 14
[image]X-24B on Lakebed Showing Upper Body Shape - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The sleek, futuristic shape of the X-24B lifting body research vehicle can be clearly seen in this look-down view of the aircraft on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to the NASA Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The X-24 was one of a group of lifting bodies flown by the NASA Flight Research Center (now Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California, in a joint program with the U.S. Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base from 1963 to 1975...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Maryland; Where -- Ohio
Downloads: 16
[image]Wing Deployment Sequence #1: The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment airc - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Wing Deployment Sequence #1: The deployable, inflatable wing technology demonstrator experiment aircraft's wings begin deploying following separation from its carrier aircraft during a flight conducted by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The inflatable wing project represented a basic flight research effort by Dryden personnel. Three successful flights of the I2000 inflatable wing aircraft occurred...
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
Downloads: 9
[image]Centurion in Flight over Lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Centurion remotely piloted flying wing during an early morning test flight over the Rogers Dry Lake adjacent to at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The flight was one of an initial series of low-altitude, battery-powered test flights conducted in late 1998. Centurion was a unique remotely piloted, solar-powered airplane developed under NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor (ERAST) Program at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Monrovia
Downloads: 5
[image]STS-76 Landing - Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Drag Chute Deploy - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The space shuttle Atlantis touches down on the runway at Edwards, California, at approximately 5:29 a.m. Pacific Standard Time after completing the highly successful STS-76 mission to deliver Astronaut Shannon Lucid to the Russian Space Station Mir. She was the first American woman to serve as a Mir station researcher. Atlantis was originally scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but bad weather there both 30 and 31 March necessitated a landing at the backup site at Edwards...
Keywords: Who -- Shannon Lucid; Who -- Linda Godwin; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Atlantis; What -- STS-76; What -- Russian Mir Space Station; What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- California; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida; Where -- Utah; Where -- Louisiana; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Downloads: 20
[image]X-1-3 being mated to EB-50A Superfortress - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The third X-1 (46-064), known as "Queenie," is mated to the EB-50A (46-006) at Edwards AFB, California. Following a captive flight on 9 November 1951, both aircraft were destroyed by fire during defueling. This particular X-1 only flew twice, the first flight occurring on 20 July 1951. Bell pilot Joseph Cannon was the pilot on both flights, although the second flight was only a captive flight. Cannon was injured in the fire...
Keywords: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California
Downloads: 26
[image]X-38 Being Prepared for Shipment - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
Technicians prepare the X-38 research vehicle for shipment in a Dryden Flight Research Center hangar in May 2000. The X-38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) research project is designed to develop the technology for a prototype emergency crew return vehicle, or lifeboat, for the International Space Station. The project is also intended to develop a crew return vehicle design that could be modified for other uses, such as a joint U.S...
Keywords: What -- International Space Station (ISS); What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- California
Downloads: 10
[image]STS-92 - Crew Egress - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The seven-member crew of the Space Shuttle mission STS-92 gathered in front of the Shuttle Discovery shortly after landing at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California October 24, 2000. From left are mission specialists Koichi Wakata, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Jeff Wisoff, Bill McArthur and Leroy Chiao, pilot Pam Melroy and mission commander Brian Duffy. STS-92 was the 100th mission since the fleet of four Space Shuttles began flying in 1981...
Keywords: Who -- Koichi Wakata; Who -- Leroy Chiao; Who -- Brian Duffy; What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- STS-92; What -- Discovery; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- California
Downloads: 12
[image]A Ground Crewman Checks Over the X-38 Second Prototype Following the Lakebed Landing of Its Fifth Fl - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The X-38's blue and white parafoil spreads out in front of the research vehicle as it sits on a lakebed near the Dryden Flight Research Center after a March 2000 test flight.
Keywords: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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[image]X-38 in Flight during Second Free Flight - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
NASA's X-38, a research vehicle developed as part of an effort to build an emergency Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) for the International Space Station, descends toward the desert floor under its steerable parafoil on its second free flight. The X-38 was launched from NASA Dryden's B-52 Mothership on Saturday, February 6, 1999, from an altitude of approximately 23,000 feet. The X-38 Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) research project is designed to develop the technology for a prototype emergency crew return ...
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[image]Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) first flight view from above - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
A NASA SR-71 made its successful first flight Oct. 31 as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. The SR-71 took off at 8:31 a.m. PST. The aircraft flew for one hour and fifty minutes, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 before landing at Edwards at 10:21 a.m. PST, successfully validating the SR-71/linear aerospike experiment configuration...
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[image]Shuttle Endevour Loaded onto SCA-747 Exiting the Mate-Demate Device for Return to Kennedy Space Cent - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
The Space Shuttle Endeavout rests atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later redesignated the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California, shortly before being ferried back to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Endeavour landed at 1:57 p.m. (PDT) May 16, 1992, marking the completion of the new orbiter's first mission in space during which the crew of seven rendezvoused with the Intelsat VI satellite, attached a ...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- Endeavour; What -- Earth; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California; Where -- Kennedy Space Center (KSC); Where -- Florida; Where -- Utah; Where -- Louisiana
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[image]D-558-2 being towed on lakebed - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
In this 1949 photograph a D-558-2 is being towed across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft is still equipped with a jet engine, used for ground takeoffs. On the tail of the Skyrocket is the old NACA shield, replaced in the 1950s by a yellow band and a winged "NACA." The Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrockets" were among the early transonic research airplanes like the X-1, X-4, X-5, and X-92A...
Keywords: Who -- John B. McKay; Who -- Robert A. Champine; Who -- Walter C. Williams; Who -- Joseph A. Walker; What -- FAST; Where -- Edwards Air Force Base; Where -- Douglas; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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[image]X-38 Arrival at NASA Dryden on June 4, 1997 - NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA-DFRC)
control system and a bank of batteries for internal power. The actual CRV to be flown in space was expected to be 30 feet long. The X-38 project is a joint effort between the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (JSC), Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia (LaRC) and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California (DFRC) with the program office located at JSC. A contract was awarded to Scaled Composites, Inc., Mojave, California, for construction of the X-38 test airframes...
Keywords: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter; What -- International Space Station (ISS); Where -- Johnson Space Center (JSC); Where -- Texas; Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC); Where -- Virginia; Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC); Where -- California
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